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Celinde Schoenmaker on Celebrating the 30th Anniversary of London’s The Phantom of the Opera & More

first_img View Comments Celinde Schoenmaker in ‘The Phantom of the Opera'(Photo: Joan Persson) Dutch actress-singer Celinde Schoenmaker will mark West End history on October 10 when she appears as Christine Daae opposite Ben Forster as the Phantom in the 30th-anniversary performance of The Phantom of the Opera at Her Majesty’s Theatre. With only one other London stage credit to her name (Fantine in Les Miserables), an animated Schoenmaker took time early one recent evening to share her excitement in helping celebrate a theatrical milestone.You must be counting down, with just days to go now until Phantom turns 30.Sure, but we always do our best for every show we do, so really there shouldn’t be any difference. The challenge is to stay calm and treat it as any normal night—think about it as just as another Monday with a beautiful party afterwards.Is it “pinch yourself” time?Yes, though I won’t be doing a lot of pinching beforehand. It’s when I am in bed afterwards and everything has been done that I will go, “That was amazing!” Until then, I’ve still got a job to do.You must have known when you took this contract that you would be the lucky Christine during this birthday year.I was aware of that from last year. While I was waiting for my contract to be renewed, I had it in my head that it would be amazing to do the 30th-anniversary performance as Christine. So when they offered it, I was just so thrilledIs there a community of Christines that has built up over time? Harriet [Jones] who played Christine before me and is now alternating and I have become very good friends and my boyfriend [actor Richard Fleeshman] did a piece with Anna O’Byrne, who was Christine, so is there is that sense of connection. The alternate and I share a dressing room and have the same dresser, so we’re like a little team—and there’s no competition, which is lovely.What about Sierra Boggess?I don’t know Sierra but we know of each other. I took over from her as Fantine on the West End in Les Miz. She was right before me and left a lovely card with a small stone for me in my dressing room that contained all these beautiful words and wished me well when it came to freshening the show for myself.That must have been important to hear.It was! Fantine was my very first experience in a lead part, so it was a lovely way of Sierra showing me how the hand-over is done, and so now as and when someone takes over from me, I hope I can do the same for them. I thought that was a really beautiful way of doing it.Do you have a connection to any of the earlier Christines?It can be daunting when you think how many incredible women have played this part; we were thinking backstage that it might be nice to make a little shrine for all the Christines, with headshots of all the women who have played the part. The amazing thing with Claire [Moore] is that I actually studied from her and she helped me so much in preparing for this role.In what way?I think my natural tendency was to take the piece quite heavy and Claire would say, “No, no, think of it as lighter; you need to work on that!” Her whole attitude was about enabling me to take on the role with confidence instead of being scared. She gave me the faith that, yes, I could do it.It’s quite a different assignment from Fantine.Fantine is much more belty. I think if you’re doing Cosette in Les Miz that you can more easily make the switch to Christine, but I was doing Fantine while auditioning for Christine, so during the day I’d be doing all my classical training and then in the evening I would have to belt—which meant the next day was all about working hard to get my soprano back to where it had been the day before.As Christine, you’ve got two men vying for your affections right up until the final curtain.Yes, and it can be really hard to stand up to one that is essentially a murderer and say, “No, no, that’s enough” because at that time especially women didn’t have the rights that men have. What was important then was to be this beautiful housewife or mother but because Christine has this voice, she, in the end, is able to put her head down and say, “Enough!” That for me as an actress is the most interesting thing: to stand up to someone and not just go along with their wishes.You clearly admire her as a character.I actually think I would want to be her! She’s so loving and so seeing the good in everyone, and the decision she makes at the end is beautiful. I know that if I were to get to know her, she would be a really good friend of mine.It’s interesting that you can now study what happens subsequently to Christine by checking out Love Never Dies, the sequel to Phantom.I haven’t seen it. When I started, they said to me, “Don’t look at Love Never Dies,” so for me what happens in Phantom is what happens and that’s that. I actually have two DVDs of Love Never Dies, and I will get to them at some point.I assume it helps that you get along with your Phantom [Ben Forster].We have from the very first day we met, and it helps that we have the same sense of humor. I just love Ben’s physicality in the part, among other things: I always say he’s like a panther!Do you have any messages for your fans?They’re always so lovely and welcoming, and they give me the kindest gifts and drawings. I think you enjoy the whole experience of the part so much more because they’re so in love with the show and with this part. Let’s hope they just keep on coming! last_img read more

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Top 5 strategies for getting your credit union in the cloud

first_imgstrat·e·gy: A plan of action or policy designed to achieve a major or overall aimgame plan, plan (of action), action planThe times – they are a changing… and depending on whose statistics you believe things are changing quickly.Finding current credit union cloud statistics is almost impossible so instead checkout a few results from the recent January 2015, RightScale, State of the Cloud Survey that focused on infrastructure-as-a-service.930 IT professionals were asked about their adoption of cloud infrastructure and related technologies. The respondents ranged from technical executives to managers and practitioners and represented organizations of varying sizes across many industries. continue reading » 2SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

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‘Learning Loop’ powers progress

first_imgBusiness organizations can advance more productively toward achieving their missions by acting on five questions that make up a “learning loop,” suggests a new book by Partners Federal Credit Union CEO John Janclaes, a CUES member.In Doing What Matters: How Leaders Help Individuals and Organizations Thrive, Janclaes describes a recursive process in which business leaders guide their teams to consider:What is going on? The team assesses current performance with both inside-out and outside-in views informed by qualitative and quantitative data.What really matters? To answer this question, focus on customer orientation, identifying stakeholders’ needs and examining the organization’s economic engines, or what drives financial performance.What are our options? By casting a wide net for ideas and staying open-minded about all available possibilities, the team is more likely to find the most effective solutions to optimize organizational potential. continue reading » 4SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

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NAFCU opposes another Wall Street power grab

first_img continue reading » JPMorgan Chase has proposed to the U.S. Postal Service that it be allowed to offer financial services in post offices, according to a report from The Capitol Forum. Additional reports confirm the bank had “preliminary conversations” with the USPS about leasing space to place ATMs.“Allowing Wall Street mega banks free-reign to solicit customers from community post offices would amount to nothing more than a power grab aimed at bolstering profits,” said NAFCU President and CEO Dan Berger. “From their beginning, credit unions have stepped up to the plate to deliver financial lifelines to vulnerable communities. Policymakers should advance policies that allow not-for-profit, member-owned credit unions to serve more underserved populations.”NAFCU has long advocated against postal banking proposals and holds that credit unions already offer loan products and savings mechanisms for their members. The association argues that consumers are best served by institutions that can offer a full range of financial services and develop relationships with their members.The House-passed version of the fiscal year 2021 financial services and general government appropriations bill included funding to establish a pilot program for postal banking, which NAFCU and other financial services trades advocated against. NAFCU has urged the Senate to not include such a provision in its spending packages. ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

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Governor Wolf Kicks Off Study to Level the Playing Field for Small Diverse Businesses with State Contracts

first_imgGovernor Wolf Kicks Off Study to Level the Playing Field for Small Diverse Businesses with State Contracts October 25, 2017 SHARE Email Facebook Twittercenter_img Economy,  Equality,  Press Release Philadelphia, PA – Governor Tom Wolf today launched the first in a series of public meetings as part of a Commonwealth Disparity Study to hear from small and small diverse businesses about the barriers they face when attempting to get a state contract.“There must be a level playing field for all companies – from big corporations to small and small diverse businesses – to have the opportunity to compete for a state contract,” said Governor Wolf. “We want those small businesses to know that we’re listening to them and we will use the results of this study to modernize the procurement process to remove disparities and give every talented business a fair chance.”In September 2015, Governor Wolf signed an executive order solidifying the administration’s commitment to improving the participation of small and small diverse businesses in state government contracting and the commonwealth’s overall economy. Small diverse businesses are those owned by minorities, women, LGBT, veterans and people with disabilities.The Governor’s Advisory Council on Diversity, Inclusion and Small Business Opportunity was created by the executive order to develop policy and programmatic recommendations to increase state contracting opportunities for small and small diverse businesses. Their work led to the commonwealth’s first-ever statewide disparity study, which was recently expanded to include PennDOT’s transportation and infrastructure contracting. The study’s results will provide information about whether small diverse businesses face discrimination in the state contracting process.Prior to the Wolf Administration, contracts for legal services were rarely, if ever, awarded to small or small diverse businesses – even as a subcontractor. Since Governor Wolf directed the implementation of a competitive process for legal services, 68 percent of all contracts awarded have a commitment to small and small diverse businesses.“Since becoming Governor, I have worked hard to broaden the commonwealth’s emphasis on diversity, inclusion and fairness as a guiding principle for how our economy works,” said Governor Wolf. “To keep our progress on track, we need the input and support of small diverse businesses to ensure that when the commonwealth does business, we attract the full range of talent that Pennsylvania has to offer.”During the public meetings, small and small diverse businesses can provide public or private testimony on their experiences with the commonwealth’s contracting process. More meetings will be scheduled throughout the commonwealth.Interested individuals can attend the next meeting:Thursday, Oct. 26, 2017; 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM at The Enterprise Center 4548 Market St., Philadelphia, PA 19139.No registration is required. For more information, contact the Bureau of Diversity, Inclusion and Small Business Opportunities at 717-705-5865.Earlier in the day, Governor Wolf spoke his administration’s commitment to diversity during a forum on minority and women-owned businesses at Jefferson University.last_img read more

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Gobernador Wolf envía una carta instando al Congreso a aprobar una ayuda semanal por desempleo de $600

first_img Economy,  Español,  National Issues,  Press Release El complicado plan a corto plazo del Presidente Trump no es una soluciónEl Gobernador Tom Wolf envió una carta a la delegación del Congreso de Pennsylvania reafirmando su apoyo a una extensión del beneficio de desempleo semanal federal de $600 que expiró el mes pasado. Dado que los republicanos del Senado no aprobaron un proyecto de ley que continúa con el programa, el 8 de agosto el Presidente Trump autorizó un plan que reducirá y retrasará los pagos a los trabajadores necesitados, finalizará el beneficio para 30,000 residentes de Pennsylvania y aumentará la carga sobre los estados.“La enrevesada y temporal idea del presidente dejará a las familias esperando semanas para recibir menos”, dijo el Gobernador Wolf. “Esto no es lo que el pueblo estadounidense quiere o espera, y todos nos merecemos algo mejor.“Como dije antes, los $600 adicionales por semana son vitales para que las familias se las arreglen y el gobierno federal debería extenderlos. La prestación adicional por desempleo estaba ayudando a muchas familias trabajadoras a pagar sus facturas y poner comida en la mesa. La Cámara de los Estados Unidos ya aprobó un proyecto de ley para extender el programa y el Senado debería hacer lo mismo”.El gobernador se unió al senador Bob Casey en una conferencia de prensa virtual la semana pasada y previamente envió una carta a la delegación del Congreso instando al Senado a aprobar una legislación que continúe con el beneficio adicional de $600 semanales.El plan de la administración Trump está financiado por $44 mil millones de la Agencia Federal para el Manejo de Emergencias que está destinado al alivio de desastres por tormentas. Con 30 millones de estadounidenses desempleados elegibles para recibir beneficios, los fondos podrían agotarse en unas semanas. También es probable que los pagos se retrasen porque los estados no pueden utilizar los sistemas informáticos de desempleo actuales, por lo que es posible que se requieran nuevos sistemas. Además, los nuevos requisitos de elegibilidad podrían eliminar el beneficio adicional para aproximadamente 30,000 residentes de Pennsylvania.La carta complete es la siguiente:Estimados miembros de la delegación del Congreso de Pennsylvania:Le escribo hoy para pedirle que continúe trabajando con el liderazgo de la Cámara y el Senado y que extienda el programa de Compensación por Desempleo por Pandemia Federal (FPUC, por sus siglas en inglés) para apoyar a aquellos que han sido afectados por la pandemia de COVID-19. El 8 de agosto, el Presidente Trump emitió un memorando que ordenaba al Secretario de Seguridad Nacional que actuara a través de la Agencia Federal para el Manejo de Emergencias (FEMA, por sus siglas en inglés) para proporcionar beneficios de desempleo complementarios. Esta es una propuesta complicada y de corta duración que retrasará los pagos a los residentes de Pennsylvania desempleados y creará cargas administrativas innecesarias y costosas para los estados que deben administrar los fondos.Anteriormente les escribí instando a la extensión de FPUC, lo que ha permitido a muchos residentes de Pennsylvania permanecer económicamente estables durante esta crisis. Continuar con la FPUC proporcionaría de inmediato un alivio a las familias de Pennsylvania, continuaría inyectando estímulos críticamente necesarios en la economía, evitaría más pérdidas de empleos y promovería una recuperación rápida y estable.Después de que expiró el programa FPUC el 31 de julio, el Presidente Trump firmó un memorando presidencial invocando su autoridad de emergencia bajo la Ley Stafford para proporcionar $44 mil millones en fondos de FEMA para un nuevo programa de “asistencia para salarios perdidos” para personas desempleadas. Por numerosas razones, este enfoque es problemático y es mucho menos ventajoso que la acción del Congreso para extender el programa FPUC:Los estados deben cubrir el 25% de los costos de los beneficios. El memorando presidencial establece que las personas desempleadas son elegibles para pagos semanales de $400, de los cuales $300 provienen de fondos de FEMA y $100 provienen de los estados. La administración ha sugerido que los estados pueden usar los fondos de la Ley CARES para estos pagos suplementarios de $100. La mayoría de los estados, sin embargo, ya han agotado los fondos de la Ley CARES al usarlos para apuntalar sus fondos fiduciarios de compensación por desempleo (UC, por sus siglas en inglés), o cubrir los numerosos otros costos que enfrentan los estados mientras continúan respondiendo a la pandemia en medio de una fuerte disminución de los ingresos fiscales estatales.Una “solución” alternativa ofrecida en el memorando del presidente es que los estados pueden usar los beneficios de UC existentes pagados para cubrir la porción estatal de la contrapartida requerida. Si Pennsylvania usa esta opción, la percepción será que el estado ha “reducido” a los reclamantes en $100 al contar el dinero que ya están recibiendo para la contrapartida requerida para activar el pago de $300 de FEMA. Además, dado que la Asistencia por desempleo pandémico (PUA, por sus siglas en inglés), la Compensación por desempleo extendida pandémica (PEUC, por sus siglas en inglés) y los beneficios extendidos estatales (EB, por sus siglas en inglés) se pagan actualmente en su totalidad a nivel federal, no está claro si la contrapartida estatal requerida para las personas que reciben esos beneficios se puede cumplir mediante gastos regulares de la UC.Le pido que incluya ayuda estatal y local adicional en el próximo paquete de estímulo. En pocas palabras, los estados, incluido Pennsylvania, no tienen los fondos para cumplir con esta aportación obligatoria de $100. Se requeriría ayuda estatal y local adicional, como se describe en la Ley HEROES, para implementar este programa según lo indique el Presidente.No hay suficientes fondos de FEMA para mantener el programa más allá de unas pocas semanas. Numerosos medios de comunicación han citado que, si los 30 millones de estadounidenses desempleados actualmente elegibles para beneficios de desempleo cobran este pago de asistencia salarial perdido, la asignación de $44 mil millones de fondos de FEMA del Fondo de Ayuda para Desastres durará aproximadamente de cinco a seis semanas. Incluso si el desempleo disminuye a un ritmo mucho más rápido de lo que se proyecta actualmente, el programa se quedará sin fondos en octubre. Ésta no es la solución a largo plazo que los residentes de Pennsylvania necesitan para mantenerse financieramente seguros mientras buscan nuevas oportunidades de empleo.Los requisitos de elegibilidad adicionales significan que menos personas recibirán esta financiación. El memorando del presidente limita la elegibilidad a las personas que reciben $100 o más en beneficios semanales. Esto significa que aproximadamente 30,000 residentes de Pennsylvania no recibirían ningún beneficio complementario, ya que actualmente reciben un beneficio semanal de menos de $100 por semana. Además, a diferencia de la FPUC, que proporcionó un estipendio fijo a cada reclamante, los reclamantes deben certificar que están al menos parcialmente desempleados debido al COVID-19 para poder recibir fondos de asistencia por salarios perdidos. Dada la realidad de que COVID-19 ha tenido efectos directos e indirectos en la pérdida de empleos, este requisito creará una carga administrativa adicional y sustancial y una confusión innecesaria para los residentes de Pennsylvania.Los estados deben crear un nuevo sistema para realizar estos pagos. Según la información proporcionada por el Departamento de Trabajo de EE. UU. En una llamada del 11 de agosto con FEMA y los estados, los estados tienen prohibido usar su fondo fiduciario de la UC para pagar rápidamente el pago de $300 y luego reembolsar el fondo fiduciario con dólares de FEMA en una fecha posterior. Los estados deben realizar el pago de $300 por separado de los pagos regulares de UC. Muchos estados, incluido Pennsylvania, todavía se están recuperando de la rápida creación de sistemas PUA y ahora están luchando bajo una ola de reclamos fraudulentos. La creación de otro sistema completamente nuevo requerirá mucho trabajo, especialmente para un programa que existirá durante un máximo de cuatro meses, y probablemente solo varias semanas. Además, este programa tomará tiempo para crearse y probarse, lo que retrasará aún más la ayuda a los residentes de Pennsylvania que la necesitan desesperadamente. Esto será especialmente agotador para el sistema de comunicaciones unificadas de Pennsylvania, dado que estamos en medio de la configuración de una nueva y moderna plataforma de comunicaciones unificadas que, desde hace mucho tiempo, está programada para comenzar a funcionar en octubre.La asistencia para salarios perdidos proporcionada con fondos de FEMA bajo la autoridad de la Ley Stafford no es Compensación por Desempleo. Debido a que la FPUC se proporcionó como beneficios complementarios de la UC, estaba claro cómo esos pagos contaban para la elegibilidad para el seguro médico, los beneficios de asistencia pública, los pagos de manutención de menores y varios otros programas de servicios sociales. Además, las personas cuyas reclamaciones de UC, PUA, PEUC y EB están actualmente retenidas por investigación adicional de hechos seguirán recibiendo FPUC en las fechas para las que fueron elegibles, incluso si su elegibilidad no se determinó antes de la expiración del programa. Los fondos disponibles a través de la Ley Stafford tienen un límite de $44 mil millones y, una vez agotados, los reclamantes con reclamos retroactivos o cuyas reclamaciones se retienen para la investigación de hechos no recibirán ningún pago, incluso si fueran elegibles.Hay una solución. El texto del memorando del presidente establece que, si el Congreso promulga una legislación que proporcione beneficios de desempleo complementarios, el programa de asistencia para salarios perdidos dejará de funcionar. La FPUC debe ser reautorizada, por lo que los estados, incluido Pennsylvania, pueden proporcionar fondos de inmediato a todos los solicitantes de UC, PUA, PEUC y beneficios extendidos sin una carga administrativa adicional para ayudar a nuestros ciudadanos durante este tiempo sin precedentesLa extensión de FPUC es vital para apoyar la salud y el bienestar de la población y la economía de Pennsylvania. En nombre de las familias trabajadoras de Pennsylvania, les solicito encarecidamente a que trabajen con los líderes de la Cámara y el Senado y promulguen una legislación que proporcione los beneficios de desempleo complementarios que se necesitan con urgencia y que se pueden administrar de manera simple y rápida a través de la infraestructura del sistema de seguro de desempleo existente.Gracias por su consideración.Atentamente,Gobernador Tom WolfView this information in English. Gobernador Wolf envía una carta instando al Congreso a aprobar una ayuda semanal por desempleo de $600 August 14, 2020center_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

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Bravo wants to score faster, as West Indies lose by 8 wickets

first_img Share NewsSports Bravo wants to score faster, as West Indies lose by 8 wickets by: – April 25, 2011 Sharing is caring! Tweet Sharecenter_img 36 Views   no discussions Share Dwayne Bwavo. Photo credit: Caribbean CricketGROS ISLET, St Lucia — West Indies middle-order batsman Darren Bravo played well for a half-century in Saturday’s 1st Digicel One Day International but admitted he could have scored faster.Bravo said he will be going back to the drawing board and it is his aim to get better in the upcoming four Digicel One Dayers and two Digicel Tests.The left-hander got 67 off 109 balls, with a four and a six off back-to-back deliveries, as the Windies reached 221 for 7 off their 50 overs. Pakistan replied with 222 for 2 off 41.3 overs to comprehensively win by eight wickets and take a 1-0 lead.“I wasn’t as fluent as I would have liked. There was a lot of spin and I wasn’t able to rotate the strike the way I’m accustomed. I have to fix that. I have to put that right. I have to find a way to turn over the strike in the middle overs and keep the innings going,” he said.“Earlier this year in Sri Lanka we faced a lot of spin as well and I was able to keep the scoreboard ticking. I will go back into the nets and do some more work and fix it.“The Pakistan spinners bowled some good balls, but to be a great player you have to find a way to score off the good balls not just the bad balls. There is a lot of cricket to play still – we have four more ODIs and two Tests and I have many opportunities to perform for the team and the people of the West Indies.”Bravo said he is still confident that he will do well and the Windies will rebound from Saturday’s defeat.“I’m in a confident mood. I’m in a positive frame of mind. I will back myself to do the job for the team in the upcoming matches. As a group we believe we can do well against the Pakistanis and take the Series. We are putting in the work and we’re hungry for success.”Squad for 1st and 2nd Digicel ODIs: Darren Sammy (Captain), Dwayne Bravo (Vice Captain), Carlton Baugh, Devendra Bishoo, Darren Bravo, Kirk Edwards, Anthony Martin, Ravi Rampaul, Kemar Roach, Andre Russell, Marlon Samuels, Lendl Simmons, Devon SmithTeam Management Unit: Ottis Gibson (Head Coach), Richie Richardson (Team Manager), David Williams (Assistant Coach), Desmond Haynes (Batting Consultant), C.J. Clark (Physiotherapist), Hector Martinez Charles (Strength & Conditioning Co-ordinator), Richard Berridge (Video & Statistical Analyst), Philip Spooner (Media Manager), Virgil Browne (Massage Therapist)Digicel Series ScheduleDigicel ODI SeriesApril 25: Second Digicel ODI – Beausejour Cricket GroundApril 28: Third Digicel ODI – Kensington OvalMay 2: Fourth Digicel ODI – Kensington OvalMay 5: Fifth Digicel ODI – Guyana National StadiumMay 8-9: Two-day practice match – Bourda Cricket GroundDigicel TestsMay 12-16: First Digicel Test – Guyana National StadiumMay 20-24: Second Digicel Test – Warner ParkCaribbean News Nowlast_img read more

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‘Shabu’ worth P1.9M seized

first_imgThe 20-year-old Mark Sy yielded thesuspected illegal drugs, a police report showed. According to Major Sherlock Gabana,chief of Police Station 2, the suspect has been operating in the villagesaround the area of the police station, including in the suspect’s residence. BACOLOD City – Suspected shabu weighingabout 240 grams valued at around P1.9 million was seized in a buy-bustoperation in Barangay Estefania. When frisked, Sy yielded a .357-caliberrevolver, P1,500 cash and drug paraphernalia, it added. “This is our third operation againsthim. We have been monitoring his movement for about a month before his arrest.We did not expect that he is possessing such big volume (of shabu),” Gabanasaid.center_img Sy – resident of Barangay 6 – was nabbedafter he sold suspect shabu to an undercover cop for P2,000 around 7:30 p.m. onMarch 15. Antidrug officers inspect items seized from Mark Sy, who was nabbed in an entrapment operation in Barangay Estefania, Bacolod City on March 15. POLICE STATION 2/BCPO The suspect was detained in thecustodial facility of Police Station 2, facing charges./PNlast_img read more

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Police Blotter 01-27-2020

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McDowell aiming for third title

first_img Press Association Graeme McDowell has turned his attention from simply making the cut to winning his third title of the year in the Alstom Open de France. “Once you start hitting it off line it will punish you. I just have not got the putter revved up but I am well in touch and right where I need to be. It’s been a rough couple of months for me, I’ve not been playing the kind of golf I’d like to and the key to this week was to come and get myself in the mix for the weekend and get some of the juices flowing again. “I’m excited for the weekend and to make a cut really. It feels like a step in the right direction. I certainly know what to do when I put myself in these positions, I just have not had the opportunity to do it lately. I’m probably on one of my worst missed cut runs in a while. It’s nice to break that first and foremost and be on the leaderboard.” Zanotti completed a second consecutive 68 to set the pace on six under, one ahead of Danish duo Thomas Bjorn and Soren Kjeldsen and Richard Sterne. Bjorn had been seven under with two holes of his second round to play but bogeyed the eighth after his tee shot plugged in a greenside bunker and then three-putted the par-five ninth to return a frustrating 69. McDowell shared fifth place on four under with England’s Simon Dyson and Graeme Storm – the 2007 champion – and Scotland’s Stephen Gallacher, while Ryder Cup team-mates Luke Donald and Ian Poulter finished two over and world number five Matt Kuchar three over to make the cut. Dyson had missed his last three cuts in a row and for the last four years in succession in the event, but added a flawless 68 to his opening 70. “I’ve not been scoring at all, not been my usual self,” Dyson said. “I’ve been trying to keep it simple on the course and concentrating on one shot at a time because I never do well on this course. “I came here with not great expectations having just missed three cuts in a row and I played the last two days the best golf I’ve played all year. It’s amazing what it can throw up and from coming here on Wednesday morning not really looking forward to playing it, I’m really looking forward to the weekend now.” Overnight leader Anders Hansen could only add a 78 to his opening 66 to drop back into a tie for 44th with Donald and Poulter on two over. center_img McDowell arrived in Paris having missed the cut in five of his last six strokeplay events, although he did win the RBC Heritage and the Volvo World Match Play Championship in that time and insisted there was no need to push the panic button. The ex-US Open champion stayed on to practice at Carton House after his early exit from the Irish Open and looked to have reaped the rewards after a second consecutive 69 at Le Golf National left him two shots behind leader Fabrizio Zanotti. “I’m playing this golf course the way it’s supposed to be played, fairways and greens,” McDowell told Sky Sports 1. last_img read more

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